Target: Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services
Goal: Mandate that doctors warn women about the risks of hormonal birth control
About 10 million American women are on hormonal birth control in the United States. “The Pill,” which became widespread in the 1960s, was seen as a feminist achievement and lauded for allowing women to take control of their sexuality. Doctors suggest it casually to every sexually active woman.
However, doctors don’t always warn women about the side effects. All forms of hormonal birth control have similar risks: blood clots, stroke, aneurism, breast cancer, irregular menstrual bleeding, depression, aggression, weight gain, and lack of sexual desire. These effects are due to the extremely high levels of estrogen, which trick the body into thinking it’s already pregnant. Danish researchers found that women on birth control were twice as likely to suffer from blood clots as women who had never used it.
Depo-Provera, an injectable form of birth control, is popular because it can be difficult to remember to take pills every day. Depo-Provera was found to double the risk of breast cancer. It has also been linked to loss of bone density, which may or may not be reversible.
It is also a little known fact that Depo-Provera has been forcibly given to sex offenders to decrease their sex drive in a process known as chemical castration. Women should be wondering why Depo-Provera is considered a form of liberation for them and a form of punishment for men.
It is worth considering that maybe birth control has outlived its feminist usefulness. Arguably, it is now an excuse for men to avoid responsibility for pregnancy prevention while women endure health problems so their partners don’t have to use condoms. Other risk-free forms of birth control, such as diaphragms, are also available. Please urge Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to mandate that doctors inform women of the risks involved in taking hormonal birth control.
Dear Mrs. Sebelius,
About 10 million American women take hormonal birth control in the U.S. While “The Pill” can certainly be useful for women who don’t want children, there are definite risks involved in taking it that doctors tend not to warn patients about. Those risks are stroke, aneurism, blood clots, breast cancer, depression, weight gain, and low libido.
In Denmark, researchers found that birth control doubled the risk of blood clots. Depo-Provera has been found to double the risk of breast cancer, decrease bone density, and decreases sex drives so much that it has been used to cull the libido of sex offenders.
We urge you to mandate that doctors inform women of the risks of birth control, one of the most ubiquitous drugs available. We also ask that you encourage safer methods of contraception. Please make sure doctors realize that a drug is not safe just because it is ubiquitous.
[Your Name Here]